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Interviews |  20 Nov 2014 17:39 |  By RnMTeam

RJ Naved: I pick up lines from people around

RJ Naved mastered the art of mimicking people at a very early age and now is renowned for his show 'Mirchi Murga' on Radio Mirchi. Be it speaking about various issues happening in society to offering a daily dose of laughter on radio, Naved seems to know the pulse of his audience. In a tete a tete , with Radioandmusic.com’s Dhiarya Ingle, the RJ talks about his opinion on the role of  an RJ in today’s society, his childhood and a lot more.

Tell us about your childhood

I was born in Uttar Pradesh and was not that good with my studies. I started learning the English language when I was in the sixth standard. Since my childhood, I had this amazing art of mimicking people. There were times when my mother waited for the vegetable vendor and I would go down and imitate the vendor. My mom would often come down in a jiffy and she would find me instead of the vendor. This was when I started experimenting with my voice.

How did you get into RJing?

I was working as a customer service executive for a leading mobile company. Whenever a customer was annoyed about something, the phone would be handed over to me, and I would portray a 60 year old.  The person at the other end of the line would automatically calm down. It was in the year 2000, when Radio Mirchi was organising an RJ hunt and we had to record our voices and send it to them. At the time, I did not have a phone, and had to borrow one from a friend who just had a credit of Rs 12. I recorded my voice and sent it to them.  After a few rounds of auditions, I go selected and since then, I have been with the station.

When it comes to the content on your show, how do you come up with ideas?

Well, I make it a point to think about the content before I go to sleep. It is always good to talk about something that is related to current happenings in society. When it comes to humour, I pick up lines from people around. For example I had met this uncle of mine who was very old and he was a painter. He would smoke ‘beedis’ all day, and this agitated his wife. She complained to me saying, “Tell him to do some work, rather than smoking all day.” Uncle was sitting right there and he replied, “Tell your aunty to stop nagging; I would paint to make our living.” She immediately shot back, “Yah yah, we know the sky was yellow in colour and you painted it blue.”

You are rather vocal about current happenings and often discuss it on air. Do you get threats from certain communities?

I would get scared of these threats only if I were doing something wrong. If I talk about unity, then I do not think people should have a problem with it. When I called up Mr. Sherwani, it was to make him realise that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was still a kid; he did not know anything about Kashmir or Pakistan. The people of his party are only concerned with the vote banks. After that video was posted on YouTube, I got a lot of comments from both countries-India and Pakistan. There were people who abused me and my family. But some of my social media followers from Pakistan even agreed to what I said. I even got a few threatening mails, but at the end of the day I cannot keep quiet. There are people who ask me if I am related to any political parties and I tell them I can never be related to politics.

How would you define the role of an RJ today?

Gone are the days, when you just needed to give out information about a song. Today we even speak about social issues. An RJ’s job is to be responsible on the mic and not say anything that hurts the sentiments of people. I wish to open an RJing school in future to bring up more RJs who speak their heart and at the same time are not bias. 

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